"We write to taste life twice - once in the moment and in introspection."

Monday, August 26, 2013

Monday Musings - Sabbath Second Dinner

I've just got to tell you about something we came up with Saturday night and hope to continue to do 'most every Saturday.

You see, we like to have a nice dinner as a kind of start to our "Sabbath." Then we keep Saturday evening as an evening at home, kind of preparing for Sunday's worship time.

Well, I'm not sure how the brain-storming started, but we came up with an idea for a second "dinner" of literature. Here's a picture of the menu:

So, here's how it all worked out in detail:
Appetizer - Faith's recitation was of our week's Bible memory work:  Colossians 1:13-14.
Aperitif - Ruth read three Shel Silverstein poems.
Soup - Grace read "The Clicking of Cuthbert" by P.G. Wodehouse (very funny!).
Salad - I read "Footsteps of Angels" by H.W. Longfellow.
Fish - since we were running low on time, Hannah is going to read us a Father Brown mystery by G.K. Chesterton tomorrow afternoon.
Entree - Sarah read us W. Churchill's speech made in June of 1940 to inspire England to fight to the end and in all places and ways.
Dessert - Lovey read the book of Jonah.
Digestive - Lovey prayed for us all and for our upcoming morning of worship.

We had some popcorn and tea and then during the "salad" course, Lovey served up some ice cream. I plan next week to make something nice like scones, or a new treat, to make it an extra special time. I'm so excited about this idea, most of which was Hannah's, and hope we can stick with it. Maybe we'll get some friends to join us sometimes.

Do you have any Saturday evening traditions?

Friday, August 16, 2013

Sewing Fun

This little cutie, daughter of some new friends whom we met in the library (where else do homeschoolers meet?!), is modelling some sewing fun that we had recently.

Her mom had asked if we could teach her a little about sewing because she wanted to sew this skirt for her little girl - a "twirly" skirt.

It was a simple skirt to make and it was funny to watch the mom get giddy about actually sewing. She had found the pattern online from a moms' forum in which she's a member.

We had so much fabric left over that we found a pattern for a very cute sun hat and whipped it up quickly. It was a fun afternoon, followed by supper and s'mores roasted over our backyard firepit.

Blessings galore!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Family Reunion

We're so blessed to have a God-honoring bunch of people for relatives! This past weekend we got to fellowship with my husband's side of the family in the beautiful northern woods.
Canoe built by Granddad on new lake owned by uncle.
Some of us tried tennis for the first time, reminding me of how poorly my sister and I used to try to play against my brother, an expert. More laughter happened than actual tennis.

Rope swings over water are such fun, especially when shared with a cousin.

Life is rough in these circumstances.

Blackberry picking at our old favorite spots.

First time to run a 5k.

Gleaning berries and philosophizing in the berry patch.

Loving on babies on the old family land.

Admiring the new bridge to Evelyn Island on Granddad's lake.

Recovering from the 5k with donuts and coffee in cousin's remodeled house.

Enjoying the wildlife which tied itself in a knot.
Shooting "skeet" (clay pigeons).

More baby loving and fellowship.
The next morning we got to worship with family and were exhorted to dig deeply into God's Word through a sermon on Psalm 19 and then enjoyed pizza with our nephew and his kids.

Again, we're so blessed!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Cozy Coffee Shop

Long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away...I had told you that I'd show you the cute coffee shop in which I spent my time during the girls' art classes, so here goes:

One of my favorite things about this shop, besides the wonderful coffees, scones, ice cream, sandwiches, smoothies, and gift shop is this counter top. I have dreams of having/making one someday.

Because this coffee shop is set in the baby food capital of the world, it's only natural to see, among the pictures and posters of by-gone days, the original Gerber baby.

It was a good setting in which to take myself to my own little home education convention, thanks to Clay and Sally Clarkson. I'll give you more of a taste of this excellent book in another post. It has been such an encouragement to this veteran homeschooler who was in need of encouragement.

I hope you have a place of beauty and good tastes in which to refresh yourself now and then.